Welcome, 2024!

With the new year upon us, and as the spring semester begins, it’s a great time to reflect and reset.  This is true for parents and students alike, although it often looks very different for each of you.

Parents, I challenge you to take a moment to reflect on how you have been parenting your adult children and look at some areas for resetting that relationship.  I’m not suggesting that anything is even wrong, however, I am a firm believer that relationships can always improve.  And it’s helpful to take an inventory of what worked last year, and what areas could use a little TLC.

When you think of your high school and college students, what areas have you allowed for them to step into their power more?  Maybe you have a child who just can’t seem to get out of the door without a little prodding.  Or you find yourself telling your college student the best way to go about their studies (which so often falls on deaf ears).  Is there a better way?  What would it look like if you let your child be late for school and deal with the consequences?  Or if you asked them how they are managing their time rather than telling them the best way to go about it.  This type of reflection can really help to foster a more empowering relationship with your child.

For students, the same type of reflection can be very helpful.  Think about last semester and review what worked and what didn’t.  Even if your grades are spectacular, is there an area of your college life that could be better?  Were you considering joining a club last semester and just didn’t get around to it?  Have you been thinking about asking that cute co-ed out, and lost your nerve?  How different would your experience be if you met some great people in a club who have similar interests, or went on that date?  Your closest relationships are likely on the other side of your comfort zone.  So what are you waiting for?  

Ready, Reset, Go!

Investing in your college student’s well-being and success now can pay off in the long run.
By helping them address any challenges or issues early on, you can set them up for a successful college experience and a bright future.